TIL that Ernest Duchesne discovered penicillin’s antibiotic properties 32 years before Alexander Fleming

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  1. The problem, as is still the case in academia, is that he was young and unknown as an undergraduate and so he was ignored.

    He then died before Fleming made the (re)discovery and so wouldn’t have been able to challenge it, not that anyone would have believed him anyway.

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